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5:00 PM ET, January 25, 2012


 Top News: 
Next The Biggest Newspaper In The World Is ... The Daily Mail!?  —  The Daily Mail, an omniverous middle-market British tabloid, has quietly unseated the New York Times to become the newspaper with the biggest online reach in the world, according to figures from the online tracking service comScore.
Paul Harris / @paulxharris:
What is remarkable about Daily Mail as biggest paper online is having no links. Ever. Goes against advice of all new media experts
Discussion: Erik Wemple
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Occupy Wall Street Journalist Arrests Cost U.S. Dearly In Latest Press Freedom Index  —  The targeting of journalists covering the Occupy Wall Street movement has caused the United States to drop precipitously in a leading survey of press freedom.  Reporters Without Borders' latest Press Freedom Index …
Dylan Byers / Politico:   How fair is RSF's Press Freedom Index?
Will Richmond / paidContent:
What To Expect From Netflix Today  —  Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) will report its Q4 '11 earnings later today, but whereas I've taken stands in past quarters about subscriber acquisition results, this time around I can only say your guess is as good as mine.  Subsequent to last summer's Qwikster …
Discussion: and AdAge
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Netflix Bounces Back With a Q4 Beat, But Says Amazon Is Coming  —  First look at Netflix Q4 earnings: Earnings of $0.73 per share and revenue of $876 million.  Wall Street was expecting around $0.54 a share and $857 million.  —  But at least as important are the company's subscriber numbers and guidance …
Tim Carmody / Epicenter:   “Beloved, not Beliked': Why TV's Live and Streaming Audiences Are Diverging
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / WatchMojo:
Is YouTube Spending $100 Million or North of $200 Million on Video Content?  —  Recently I moderated a panel at Streaming Media West.  Panelists included Michael Schwalb (Tremor Media), Mark Suster (VC at GRP), Eric Anderson, (VP, Content and Product Solutions, Samsung Electronics America) and AJ McGowan (CTO at Unicorn Media).
Discussion: @msuster
Rachel McAthy /
‘Fake sheikh’ Mazher Mahmood: Bribe allegation ‘completely untrue’  —  Former News of the World journalist Mazher Mahmood tells the Leveson inquiry allegations he attempted to bribe staff to alter copy when he previously worked for the Sunday Times are ‘completely untrue’
Discussion: Guardian
Press Gazette:
Jefferies calls for inquiry over ‘police leaks’ to reporters
Discussion: Guardian
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:   The Times faces Leveson scrutiny over NightJack
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
Mahmood: 'I've had splashes from crack addicts'
Discussion: Guardian
BBC sexism allegations: Ed Vaizey to broker meeting with director general  —  Broadcasting minister to set up meeting with Mark Thompson to discuss under-representation of women both on and off air  —  The broadcasting minister, Ed Vaizey, has undertaken to set up a meeting between Nadine Dorries …
Discussion: Company Town and Guardian
Press Association:   MP slams BBC ‘culture of sexism’
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:   Lord Patten's BBC director general ‘succession plan’ is a curious move
Miriam Elder / paidContent:
New Partner For Wikileaks' Assange: Russia's State-Run TV  —  It's the television channel that has given voice to a thousand anti-western conspiracy theories, while avoiding criticism of the hand that feeds it.  Now state-run Russia Today, the Kremlin's English-language propaganda arm …
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Murdoch-backed music startup bankrupt before launch  —  (Reuters) - Beyond Oblivion, a digital music startup backed by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp and investment bank Allen & Co Director Stanley Shuman has filed for bankruptcy protection after spending millions of dollars building a service that never saw the light of day.
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Public Insight Network, now swimming in data, launches its own reporting unit  —  American Public Media's nine-year-old Public Insight Network now claims more than 130,000 sources — that is, ordinary folks across America (and as of November, South Africa) who contribute their personal experiences to PIN's massive database.
Shani Hilton / City Desk:
Where Are The Women And Non-White Media Critics?  —  A hearty congratulations to City Paper alum Andrew Beaujon on accepting a gig at Poynter as the site's “new Romenesko.”  There, he'll be writing a media blog edited by Julie Moos that will replace the work of Jim Romenesko, who left Poynter last year and launched his own blog.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
E-Singles: 'Journalism's Extraordinary Challenges In An Entirely New Place'  —  Byliner recently announced that it has sold 100,000 original e-singles, and other publishers are finding similar success with the format: The Atavist sold over 100,000 copies of ten e-singles combined last year …
Discussion: GalleyCat and Future of Journalism
Dianna Dilworth / GalleyCat:
B&N's Jim Hilt Says Print Isn't Dead
Steve Myers / Poynter:
NAA Foundation to merge with American Press Institute  —  The boards of directors for the Newspaper Association of America Foundation and the American Press Institute have agreed to “merge to create a dynamic new organization focused on meeting newspapers' crucial multimedia training and development needs.”
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Wenner Again Quits MPA, Magazines' Industry Association  —  ‘Power of Print’ Collaboration Is Largely Concluded  —  After a couple of years back in the fold, Wenner Media is withdrawing from the MPA for a second time.  —  The MPA is magazines' main industry trade association …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and MinOnline
Alexandra Topping / Guardian:
Leveson must back ban on sexualised images in media, women's groups say  —  Explicit newspaper pictures censored in inquiry evidence but Leveson warned change would require ‘rock-solid legislation’  —  When Lord Justice Leveson launched his inquiry into the ethics of the press …
Discussion: Forbes
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Leveson inquiry: Sun executive says sorry for Christopher Jefferies coverage
Discussion: Press Gazette
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Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Gizmodo Bans its Own Editor for Insulting Commenters
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
What The Pundits Are Missing In The Megaupload Case
Discussion: Alison Frankel and Ars Technica
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
Columbia Journalism School Has a Database of Alumni Startups
Michael White / Bloomberg:
Ex-Yahoo Chief Terry Semel Invests in Digital Movie Distributor SnagFilms
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Foundation could ‘re-open the question’ of buying Baltimore Sun
Discussion: BaltTech
Richard Goldstein / New York Times:
Bill Mardo, Writer Who Pushed Baseball to Integrate, Dies at 88
Arkansas Paper Refuses To Print Gay Couple's Commitment Ceremony Announcment
 Earlier Picks: 
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
NewsHour crowdsources translations of President Obama's ‘State of the Union’
Discussion: GigaOM and Online NewsHour
Alysia Santo / CJR:
Teaching Cyber-Security  —  Confidentiality promises often require technical skill
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Yahoo: Media Giant, Tech Company, or Both?
Discussion: Media Week, Forbes, TechCrunch and MediaNama
Carl Straumsheim / American Journalism Review:
The Buzz About BuzzFeed  —  The online meme aggregator gets serious …
David Carr / New York Times:
How Esquire Survived Publishing's Dark Days
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Why newspapers are closing the shutters on staff photographers
Tami Abdollah /
Former LA Times editor Russ Stanton moves to KPCC